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Poll: Close to 70 percent of Americans not confident Obama's plan will defeat ISIS

Almost 70 percent of Americans surveyed say they are not confident that the United States will attain its goal of defeating ISIS, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll released Sunday.

NBC News noted that the poll was conducted before video emerged Saturday of the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

While 68 percent said they had "very little" or "just some" confidence that President Obama would be able to eliminate the threat of ISIS, 28 percent said they had "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence. Of the same respondents, 62 percent supported Obama's decision to strike ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while 22 percent opposed it. Just 38 percent approved of Obama's job in handling foreign policy.

The poll has a margin of error of plus-minus 5.5 percentage points, and was conducted by contacting 554 registered voters Sept. 11 to 13.